Hello twin moms!!! After a short hiatus this supermom is back at it again with new tips, tricks and humor to make the journey a little smoother.
If your lucky enough to have an older child (or children) you know that back to school is a VERY busy time of the year. Between getting the necessary supplies, clothes and shoes and becoming acclimated to a new teacher, maintaining your sanity can be tough. Just like the newborn stage with twins, it will soon get easier as soon as you establish a routine that works best for you and your household.
Here a few things that have worked for me;
- Purchase a large calendar and write down all the monthly activities . It will TRULY assist you keeping order. Make sure you and your spouse phone calendars are in sync so that nothing easily slips between the cracks event wise
- COMMUNICATION IS KEY! If you see yourself becoming overextended be sure to express this to your honey bun. You both are a team so learn to lean on each other and know one another’s weaknesses so you can help one another before anxiety kicks in.
- Set boundaries and expectations for your children; If your older babies arrive home when your twin blessings are sleeping, inform them that until their nap time is over they must be quiet when entering the house. If your babies go to bed early, set that time as quiet time for your older children.
- Pay attention to your daily routine and adjust your schedule accordingly. It may not be feasible to cook dinner at 5:30 pm if your nursing or your older child has extracurricular activities. Maybe prep dinner earlier when they are napping so you can just pop it in the microwave later or into the oven. Hyperviglance is the key!
- Be cool! Things pop up and things happen. Learn to go with the flow. It has happened multiple time to me that the babies will be ready and all of a sudden one of them decide to go to the bathroom. Try to give yourself extra time to avoid the inevitable.
- Minimize multitasking if you can. Mom and multitasking go hand in hand, but sometimes its difficult to truly pay attention to your older kids homework or rundown of their day if your cooking, changing diapers and laundry at the same time. Try to devote personal time to truly engage with your school aged children. It truly matters.
I wish your children the best during this school year and that you mom’s maintain your sanity 🙂